Remember the optimistic people of the Netherlands? Dymphna noted yesterday that “optimism” in the Netherlands means that only two-thirds of survey respondents are afraid of Islam or view it negatively.
But based on this article from yesterday’s Copenhagen Post, the Danes are real scaredy-cats when it comes to Islam:
Study: Danes most fearful of Islam
A new report warns against a lack of dialogue and a widening gap between Islam and the West
Danes are among the most critical of Islam, according to a report by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Some 79 percent of Danes responded in a poll that they considered more interaction with the Muslim world as a threat.
The worry was shared by a large majority in other European countries such as Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain, where up to 67 percent of the population feared more Western interaction with Muslim communities.
The message of the report was clear: there was a widening gap between the West and Islam.
‘There is an alarmingly low optimism regarding dialogue between the two worlds,’ said Klaus Schwab, founder of the WEF, to Berlingske Tidende newspaper.
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The WEF had conducted surveys in 21 countries (half of which were Muslim) throughout 2007. And the general picture was one of distrust.
The Danes’ and other Europeans’ views on interaction with the Islamic world as a threat was, according to the report, due to a ‘growing fear’ of the ‘Islamic threat’ against their European identities.
This assumption was based on ‘increased immigration from predominantly Muslim regions’ the report said.
Notice that this report was derived from the same survey data mentioned yesterday, and draws the opposite conclusion about the Netherlands: “The worry was shared by a large majority in other European countries such as […] the Netherlands.”
I suppose optimism must be in the eye of the beholder.
Is the fearful attitude in Denmark related to the coverage of Islam in the Danish media? It seems like it could be. According to today’s Avisen:
Danske medier er mest islam-kritiske
Danske medier er fulde af negativ omtale af muslimske lande, islam og muslimer.
Danish media are the most critical of Islam
Danish media are full of negative reports about Muslim countries, Islam, and Muslims.
Those nasty Islamophobic Danes — stirring up fears in the populace with media reports of bombs, conspiracies, honor killings, rape, and murder!
Don’t they know that Islam is a religion of peace?
Hat tip: TB.